Archive | September, 2014

Embrace Change if Necessary

30 Sep

003Happy Tuesday to you all!  I hope this finds you all refreshed and ready to create something beautiful with your words.  I spent the past weekend getting ready for winter. I had to put some tar paper on the quail roof, and we picked up a cord of wood, which still has to be split.  We cleaned out the wood stove, and a few other chores, and I think we can safely say “bring it on” to old man winter.

And, in a metaphorical sense, that is the topic of today’s blog….embracing change and being ready for it.


For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Steve Jobs

As writers, we have that luxury that Jobs spoke of.  If we are not enjoying what we are doing as writers, then we can change.  If it doesn’t feel right, then we can change.

I think, since I began this journey as a freelance writer three years ago, I’ve had six different blogs.  I would start one, and write in it for a couple months, and then it would cease to thrill me, and I would discontinue it.

I write at least eight hours each day, five days a week, so I’d better enjoy what I’m doing.  Thus, I’m willing to change when I don’t enjoy it.  Today I love writing novels, but if the day comes when I no longer enjoy that, then I’ll make the change and find another outlet for my writing….but I will keep writing, because I’m a writer and that’s what writers do.


Is everything working for you?  Are you pleased with your progress so far?

Stop and evaluate how it’s all going for you, and determine if you need to make a change in your writing career.


Say hello to my friend Randi from Arizona. On HubPages she goes by btrbell and you can find her here.


Say hello to another friend of mine, Jen, who writes a beautiful article here about overcoming traumatic brain injury.  This article is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit.


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January is National Spouses Day in the U.S.  I mention that because if you are a freelance writer, trying to sell articles or increase your views, you need to think ahead on the calendar.  Write now for January and beyond.  If you wait until January you have missed the proverbial boat.


I’m kind of rushed today, so you’ll have to forgive me for making this short….or you won’t forgive me, in which case, there is nothing I can do. J  Have a great day of writing and I’ll see you down the road.


“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

Seeking Writing Harmony

26 Sep

003Well, a Friday post is a bit different, but I never claimed to be normal, did I?

Since I last wrote to you, I accepted a part-time job offer from the Urban Farm and Garden Center here in Olympia.  Why?  Well, it’s not financial desperation for sure.  I don’t need to work.  It’s more an attempt to get out and join civilization for fifteen hours each week.  I’ve been holed up in my writing studio for three solid years, and I decided that isn’t healthy.  It’s time for me to rejoin the human race and see what’s up with all you folks out there.

As you know, we have an urban farm, and this is one of my favorite topics, so when this part-time job came up, I thought it was perfect.  I’ll work the retail desk, and consult with them on business matters, since I’ve owned retail businesses before….and just enjoy myself until the time comes to do something else.

I’ve already adjusted my writing schedule, so I don’t think my output will suffer any….so there you have it.

And that segue leads us to this…..


A man is not rightly conditioned until he is a happy, healthy, and prosperous being; and happiness, health, and prosperity are the result of a harmonious adjustment of the inner with the outer of the man with his surroundings.

James Allen



I am as guilty as any writer for being too obsessed, at times, with my writing.  What I need, and what I believe all writers (dare I say all people) need, is that harmonious balance that feeds mind, body, and soul.  Man does not live by bread alone….nor does a writer live by writing alone.


For an hour today, toss your schedule aside and do something frivolous.  Allow yourself to totally enjoy life.  This will refresh your mind, which will, in turn, refresh your soul, and from that, energy will arrive and your body will be turned on to new possibilities.

And I’m all about seeing you turned on. J



If you are going to write a Christmas-related article, now is the time. Do not wait any longer, or you’re wasting your time for online success this Christmas.  Take this picture and run with it.


From my new novel, “Shadows Kill”

“Wait a goddamned minute, Eli!  That’s it?  You’re all done talking about five men you killed?  Don’t you feel anything?  Any remorse?  Any sadness?  Any guilt?  You took five lives and you mention it like you’re reciting baseball scores.”


“Do I feel anything? Yes, Jimmy, I feel something.  They are with me daily.  They’ve hitched a ride on my psyche and they’ll be kicking my ass for the rest of my life.   Is that what you want to hear?  Then good, now you’ve heard it.  But here’s something you may not want to hear:  I’d do it again tomorrow, because these are animals we’re talking about, cold-blooded reptiles that need to be expunged so that the rest of civilization can sleep safely at night.  Fuck them, Jimmy, and their psycho-babble excuses, and their need to be understood through some warped artistic expression laced with blood.  I’m glad I killed them.  You asked me how a loving God could allow these horrors to happen.  I just think God says ‘fuck it, let them work it out.’  My way of working it out may not coincide with your view of justice, but it’s effective and it’s definitely final.


I’ve talked about my latest novel before, but for the sake of this lesson, let me briefly mention it again.  This novel is dark, and by dark I’m talking about a trip into the regions of man’s mind that definitely is not PG Rated.  This is about a depraved serial killer, and the vigilante who is trying to stop him.  The sociopath is taunting the vigilante by killing women who are important to him, and there is a very fine line between sanity and insanity for both main characters.  Good and evil are not clear at all.

It is not an easy book to write, and that is the point.  I believe we, as writers, need to constantly stretch ourselves if we are to improve.  It’s all lovely being safe within our little cocoon, but true greatness comes from sticking our heads on the chopping block and risking abject failure.


Say hello to a new friend of mine…Melissa…you can find her on her website by following this link.  She has done some serious travelling and offers a unique perspective to life.


Have a great weekend and thank you for stopping by today. Remember to take a break today and do something frivolous.


“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”


Be Thankful You are a Writer

23 Sep

003So, I was walking from the back door to the rabbit hutch, not paying a whole lot of attention, my mind on other things, and suddenly my face was engulfed by a spider’s web.  I’m not talking a few strands; I’m talking a full-face shot with the entire web, including the spider.

Welcome back to my world, and thanks for visiting.

I spent the weekend getting the urban farm ready for winter.  Lots of work, all enjoyable, and all necessary.

So, back to the spider’s web and face plant. J  Why am I mentioning it?

Let’s consult the quote of the day for the answer to that question.


Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining – it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems.

Zig Ziglar



You should have heard me, cussing a blue streak when I hit that spider’s web….and then I stopped…and I laughed.  I was walking through a backyard paradise when I hit that web.  I was surrounded by rabbits, quail, chickens, a garden, wild birds…all ten feet outside my door.  What I perceived to be a problem was, in fact, a message from Nature that I’ve never had it so good.

The same thing happens, on occasion, when I am writing during the week.  This past week, for example, was not as “productive” as I wanted it to be.  I only wrote 2,000 words on my latest novel….only 2,000 on my latest novel.  Do you know how silly that sounds?  Do you know how many people wish they could spend their days writing and creating beauty with words?  And there I was, not satisfied, and complaining about a poor output.

I’ve never had it so good.


If you are a writer, bask in the glory of it all.  What a tremendous gift we have, and what a tremendous gift we give our readers when we create.  How could we ever see that as a negative?


Let me introduce you to Social Thoughts on HubPages.  She is everything I wish I had been when I was younger. She pours her heart and soul into her activism, and God I wish we had more writers like her.


This, from fellow writer Rockymountainmom:

“Awareness saves lives. And though I’m sure you have plenty of goals set for yourself this week, and I’m sure many of them are time sensitive and important, how many items on your to do list could save a life?

In observance of the 10th Annual Mesolthelioma Awareness Day, bloggers and writers are donating their talents (through a blog post) to help spread awareness.”

I am happy to support this cause on my site.  Raising awareness is something all writers can do. Find a cause and do something about it.


LampLight Magazine is accepting submissions for their fiction magazine.  Check them out here.


But I shall return, good Lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise.  Until next time, keep on the lookout for spider’s webs, and have a blast writing this week.


“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”


What’s Your Angle?

17 Sep

003Look at me, back on Wednesday, twice in one week. Will wonders never cease?

I’m actually getting comfortable with the new schedule, and that means more efficiency, and that means you are burdened with another blog post.  LOL

I received two more rejections for “Resurrecting Tobias” today.  Good thing because the kitty litter box needed cleaning.  Think about it…think about it….I knew you’d find the humor in that eventually.

Okay, let’s get this show started.


“Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared
believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance.”
– Bruce Barton

So, let’s talk about naysayers and self-doubt.


I don’t really use my rejection letters for the kitty litter box. I print them out and hang them on the wall of my writing studio.  I need a reality check daily, and a little motivation never hurt me either.

Check out the quote by Mr. Barton, whoever the heck he is.  Do you believe there is something inside of you that is superior to your circumstance?  It’s an important question so give it some thought.

Writers live an isolated life at times.  We are sitting on a tiny island in a vast sea, and there are days it feels like the rescue ship will never arrive.  Those are the days you better believe in what you are doing.  Those are the days you need to take those self-doubts, and the negative words you have heard from others, and you need to either push them aside or use them as motivation…but whatever you do…don’t believe them.


Begin each morning by standing in front of a mirror and repeating these words:  I am a writer and a damned good one.

Then go out and prove it.


My dear friend Liz Davis (Radcliff on HP) agreed to do another post for me, so I’ll turn the rest of this blog over to her. I just love it when my friends do my work for me.


In an early episode of Seinfeld, Jerry and Elaine forged a plan before heading out to a party later that night. The plan was this: If either were to become stuck in dull conversation with a stranger at the party, Jerry or Elaine would signal one another by patting themselves on the head. The free one would swoop in to pull the other away, saving the victim from ongoing boredom.

But they weren’t prepared for the inevitable. Both ended up stuck with twits, and both ended up patting their heads with no one to relieve them. Jerry finally broke free and rescued Elaine.

“Where have you been?” She asks. “I’ve been beating myself senseless over here.”

Like so many other Seinfeld moments, it’s funny because we’ve all been there. Whether it’s the chatterbox at the supermarket or the egomaniac on the plane, your insides tingle as anxiety mounts. Your brain screams in agony while you sit and nod politely with glazed eyes.

Whether you’re writing an essay or having a conversation, no one wants to tell a dry story devoid of that gasp-factor. Yet we’ve all had amazing tales to tell that simply fell flat straight out of our mouths or onto the page.

So how can plain stories be saved? How do we avoid putting readers to sleep with humdrum writing?

The answer is in the angle.

An angle adds an element of surprise to your personal essay or memoir. Although the angle is called something different in fiction writing or advertising, the gist is still the same. It’s what makes your story interesting, even if it’s happened a million times before.

Once you find your angle, you have a roadmap. A clear angle keeps your story trimmed down to the essential elements, making sure you don’t drift down any dead-end alleys.

For example, say I wanted to write an article on my current hometown of Hudson, Florida. This is about as dull and drab a place as you’ll ever find, so creating an angle is crucial. I could base my article on the subject–Hudson is six-point-something square miles, it’s an hour north of Clearwater, it’s in the Tampa Bay area–cluttery data no one cares about. Another option? I could interview my high school teachers who still teach, asking them how students here have changed over the past 25 years. This creates an angle from the subject. It adds interest–and perhaps surprise elements– to the story.

So how do you find an angle?

  • Talk it through. Speaking out loud is a great way to pull the angle from your story, especially if you’re talking to an audience (spouse, parent, friend).
  • Look at what’s trending on Google. Why is this story so gripping? The answer is your angle.
  • Did you overhear someone say something that grabbed your attention? Did it make you angry/happy/worried? There’s your angle.

So if your story has you smacking yourself in frustration, remember: there’s an angle in there somewhere. Find it and your muse will rescue you from that crowded party of boring storytellers.

I invite you to come check out my new blog called Mellow Mother. The tagline/angle: enjoying simple moments amid the chaos. At Mellow Mother, I’ll talk about easy creative projects, simple stress management, and painless teaching techniques. I’m delving into the subjects of Montessori education and the Reggio Emilia approach to learning, so I’m sure I’ll soon be writing about those subjects as well.


Check out this new poet I found on HP…crissalina is her profile name and I think you’ll enjoy her.


My thanks, again, to Lizzy for that great post.  She hit the proverbial nail on the head with that one. I don’t think there are boring topics. I do, however, believe there are boring writers.

Please check out her new blog at


“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”







Spreading the Love

15 Sep

003Welcome back!  I survived a trip to the dentist and our internet being down, and now I’m bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, and ready to hit this week at full-speed.  What shall we talk about today?

How about spreading the love?


I just believe in the goodwill of people, the power of people to do something positive.

Eddie Izzard

In the writer’s community of HubPages, where I am a member, we have seen a rather large influx of newcomers, refugees from the site Squidoo, and that influx prompted this posting today.

I have tried, on this blog, and at HubPages, to welcome newcomers, and to support veterans, and I do it for a variety of reasons.

I think newcomers need that connection and acceptance early on. I know I would have quit HubPages if I had not received almost instant support, and I don’t think I’m alone in those feelings.  As veteran writers, I believe it is our responsibility to welcome and support new writers.  It was done for us, and now it is time for us to follow in suit.

But it’s not just newcomers who need support.  For the life of me, I don’t know why more writers don’t make a special effort to uplift other writers.  Mentioning someone on your blog…leaving an extra-nice comment on someone’s article….these things matter.  Writing is a lonely gig.  Most freelance writers spend the majority of their days locked off from the world, and the only contact they have with others is online.  It’s nice to receive a pat on the back occasionally, and that pat on the back might be the difference between a writer carrying on or giving up.


Reach out to someone new today.  Make a difference in a writer’s life.  Make a special mention on your blog.  Single someone out in an article.  Do something to bring a smile to the face of a fellow writer.


Yes, this is self-promotion.  I’m currently working on my third novel, “Shadows Kill.”  This will be the first novel I do not self-publish.  I’m either going to sell this to a publisher or it will wither away on my bookshelves.  So this excerpt may be the only chance you get to read part of my upcoming book.  I hope you enjoy this little snippet.

“Maya Angelou once wrote that anger is like fire, that it burns clean all who touch it.  If that is true, then after the funeral I was very clean indeed.  I had walked for hours, finally ending up on the beach at Priest Point Park.  I sat on some driftwood and tried to empty my mind.  I needed to push the rage into a corner where it could ferment until I needed it.  Rage and logic do not mix.  As long as I was feeling rage, I would not be able to think clearly enough to find the Shadow Man.

I thought of Nanci, the beautiful contours of her body, the way she would brush back a strand of hair on her forehead before she said something of significance, as though brushing away the mundane.  I thought of her love for animals, and how she had cried one afternoon when we found a dead raccoon by the side of the road while we were riding bikes.  I had never heard her say an unkind thing.  The daily actions of society that piss most of us off, like being cut off in traffic, or the rudeness of a stranger, or poor customer service at a store, none of it fazed her.  She would simply brush back that strand of hair, smile, and tell me that people are complicated and deserve compassion.  In a world of seven billion people and growing, we can ill afford to lose those like Nanci.

I reached under my windbreaker and felt the comforting grip of the .357.  We were taught in grade school by the good nuns that hatred is one of the seven deadly sins, and perhaps it is so, but I also know that hatred provides you with a deadening of conscience, and allows you to sight upon a two-legged target and forget that he descended from the same primordial ooze as you did.  When the time came for he and I to meet, all thoughts of the Garden of Eden and shared ancestry would be gone.”



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You know how this works. I give you a picture and you use it as a little writing exercise.  Use your five senses as you write about this scene.  Remember back to moments in your life that this scene reminds you of.  Hopefully you’ll get some good material from this exercise.


I am pleased to introduce you to Michelle Scoggins.  You can find her here on HubPages.  Michelle has graciously agreed to add her thoughts this morning, and here she is.

Meditating To Unleash The Imagination While Writing

Trying to lose the anxiety was almost impossible as my internal critics unleashed their fury on me as I tried to write a small blurb.  Finally coming to the realization that my writing was sidelined I thought – How do I commonly let go of anxiety?

The answer was pretty clear – I meditate.  Could meditation be the answer to my writing woes?  Well surely it could be worth a try was my succeeding thought.

As I pondered and fought back the eruption of my internal world as if it were going to crawl right out of my pores and emerge like a hairy slimy bearded beast, I calmed myself through meditation.

The epiphany developed as I related meditation to writing.  Plainly my need was to clear my mind of anxiety and negative self-talk, which is foundational to meditation.  A mind free of distraction creates a perfect easel so that creativity can spew from all angles.  Having a creative mind is the one most desired trait of all writers.  Certainly we work at being original and crafty but that takes skill, time and confidence. Those internal critics are a true fire way of snuffing off even the strongest and most confident.  They are like Bermuda grass to a beautiful lawn; it will take over and kill everything around.  Inner critics are a writer’s worst enemy and will stifle imagination every time.   However, mediation brings that internal calmness that opens the mind and reveals all the creative nuggets that were hiding behind all the noise.  Mediation allows the writer to start with a fresh piece of paper bringing together the mind, body and spirit in a flow of outward and creative work one can be proud to claim.

Before an author sits before their computer commonly a ritual takes place in preparation.  Open your mind by using meditation prior to writing and see the development of your imagination flourish like never before.  Quieting the internal critics can really allow you to get to work and be fulfilled by the outcome.  Feel free to please share other fruitful ways that allow your creativity to drift to new horizons and create the work you call your own.


I use music quite often to inspire new articles.  Maybe you do the same.  Here’s a song for you to consider. Listen to the words and see what happens.  It’s my favorite tune by Simon and Garfunkel…and it’s called The Sounds of Silence.


Wouldn’t it be funny, after all that was mentioned earlier in this post, if I forgot to mention a new writer?  Well I did remember, and her name is Casey, and on HubPages her screen name is caseymel…you can find her here.  I can tell you that Casey is a newcomer who understands community.  She has been very good about supporting me during her few two weeks on HubPages, and so now I give her the support she deserves.  That’s how it works.


I have no idea when I’ll be back, but it will be one day this week.  I’m still fine-tuning my weekly schedule.  Thanks so much for being here and continually supporting me.  You are appreciated.

And thank you to Michelle Scoggins for her thoughts on meditation before writing.  I really appreciate it, Michelle.


“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”


Rediscover the Joy in Writing

11 Sep

003Look at me, coming up with another posting this week.  I call that progress my friends.

I would be remiss if I didn’t thank all of you who voted for me on the HubPages Hubbie Awards. Thank you so much.  Your support means everything to me.

And now let’s start this off with a quote and then get down to the nitty gritty.


It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.

Charles Spurgeon
I don’t have a clue who Charles Spurgeon is, but I love his attitude.


I received an email from a writer friend yesterday.  Her name isn’t important, but what she had to say was.  She was stressing over not being able to find information she needed for her novel.  She was concerned that she would not be accurate in her facts, and the stress this caused was actually causing her physical pain from a previous ailment.

Stop right there!

The stress from writing was causing her physical pain.

Take a deep breath.

I’ll tell you what I told her:  writing is supposed to be enjoyable.  I’m assuming that most of us do this because we love it.  If that assumption is correct, then the next assumption is correct as well:  our lover should never cause us pain.

Enjoy what you are doing.  There is a very small percentage of humanity that can do what you do, so sit back and give yourself a pat on the back for a job well-done.  A certain amount of stress is normal.  Maybe we have a deadline to meet, or whatever….but if we lose sight of the passion and enjoyment that writing once gave us, then writing will become a task and not an enjoyable ride of whimsy.


Allow yourself to be human.  There will be pitfalls in writing.  There will be days when you don’t accomplish what you think you should.  Oh well!  Never lose sight of the fact that writing is, or should be, a joy.


That’s enough for you to chew on today.  I want you to enjoy the journey.  You have a gift.  Be happy that you do.


“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

The History of this Generation

8 Sep

003Happy Monday to you all.  I made it back this week, so that’s a victory I can build on.  I’ve gone from three posts each week, to two, and now one.  I think I might have dropped as far as I can and still call this a blog. LOL  Never fear, I’ll rebound and find a pace I’m happy with.

Speaking of happy, we got our first rabbit for our urban farm, and of course she’s a rescue.  The previous owner couldn’t take care of our little Angora with tangled fur, so she is now ours.  She will receive more than her share of love and attention in the coming weeks. Oh, and her name is Alice.

Okay, let’s get down to business.  First, the quote of the day, and then I’ll have a few observations.


Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total; of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.

Robert Kennedy



I make no secret of the fact that I believe writers carry a huge responsibility.  We are the recorders of history.  We are the voices of our generation.  Think about it and you will see the truth in those statements.

Whether you write recipes, “how to” articles, or creative pieces or poems, your voice is added to the millions of other voices, and the sum total is the song of civilization.  People one hundred years from now will read your words, and from your words a picture of our generation will take shape.

I believe that what we do is important, and I also believe that it should be treated with loving and tender care.  If you are going to be a writer, then be the best damned writer you can be.  History is counting on you.


Do one thing each week to improve your writing skills.  It doesn’t have to be a biggie like attending a writing class.  Just practice some new technique, like writing metaphors.  Just demand, of yourself, improvement in your chosen craft. The world will thank you for it.



Here’s your chance to improve.  Write a one hundred word description of this scene.


How’s that for a mouthful?

I hear from someone every single week who is having doubts about their ability as a writer, or someone who is not getting enough support and is feeling like they are wasting their time.

Here’s what I have to say to that:  PIPO!  Positive In/Positive Out.  I believe in those four words.  You have to envision success before success can happen, and I believe success is much more likely to occur for a writer if that writer projects a positive self-image.

Build it and they will come.


Have you written and published a book? If so, give us the name of your book in the comment section, and I’ll include it in a future post.


Let me give a shout out to Vkwok on HubPages.  Here is a guy who writes fantasy novels, and he writes them well.  Every few days we see a new chapter from him, and every few days he will get a comment from me and one other person.

And this has been going on now for at least nine months and maybe even a year.  Two comments every single time he posts something new.

And he keeps writing!

Stop by and give this guy some support.  He’s writing in obscurity and that’s no place to reside.  You can find him on HP if you follow this link.


Enough of this…have a great week of writing.  Remember that incredible things can only happen to your writing career if you actually….write.


“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

Avoid Temptations and Distractions

3 Sep

003Well, this was supposed to come out Tuesday, but as you can obviously see, this is Wednesday, so that should give you a clue how the fourth attempt at a new schedule is working out for me.

Oh well!

We do what we can and we deal with it.

Let’s talk today about temptations.  Sounds a bit Biblical, doesn’t it?


Too many Christians have a commitment of convenience. They’ll stay faithful as long as it’s safe and doesn’t involve risk, rejection, or criticism. Instead of standing alone in the face of challenge or temptation, they check to see which way their friends are going.

Charles Stanley
Again with the religious overtones.  I promise this is not a religious blog.


At least once a week someone suggests that I should write an ebook about writing.  They mean well and I understand why they suggest it…and I’m appreciative….but right now, it’s not in my plan.

Someone suggested I do a webinar about writing, and it was a wonderful suggestion…but right now, it’s not in my plan.

When I started writing full-time three years ago, I sat down and made out a five-year plan.  It is quite detailed.  It takes me step by step through the five years, the things I want to accomplish each year, and the things I need to do to accomplish them.  I am right on schedule…but…I wouldn’t be if I took detours every time someone suggested something new.

If I had not experienced some victories, and if I had failed miserably in achieving goals to this point, I would certainly consider new things.

But I’m right on schedule with my plan.

What’s the point?

I think you can figure that out.

I am the only one who can determine my business plan, and I’m the only one who can activate it and decide whether it needs changing.  I don’t see any point in messing with success right now.  Although all the suggestions I have received have been wonderful….

They are not in my plan.

Do you have a plan?


You guessed it.  If you have goals then you need a plan.  I don’t know how to say that in a clearer way. Naturally, if you simply write for the pure joy of writing, then a plan is not necessary.  But if you have goals in mind, then I strongly suggest you sit down and hammer out a game plan.


I’m all about supporting writers, and I love to highlight new writers I discover, so here is one I think you will enjoy.  Her name is Brie Hoffman and you can find her here.


Big Pond Rumours has a poetry and prose contest and they are currently accepting submissions. The entry fee is only $7 and I believe the deadline is the end of November. Find it here.


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The picture speaks of fall.  The prompt is this:  Remember a lovely walk you took on a fall afternoon.  What do you see, feel, hear, smell, and taste?


I don’t have a clue when the next blog entry will appear. I hope I have it figured out soon because I love uniformity in my life, and I think it helps my followers to expect things on certain days.  So stay tuned and we’ll find out together.

Have a wonderful day of writing.  Remember that what you do is special, so treat it like a precious gift.


“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”